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Chaplaincy

Saturday, Second Week of Advent

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."
-- Luke 12:27-31 (NIV)

Something Important

Advent is "the coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important." (dictionary.com) I don?t know anyone who is not looking forward to or anticipating Christmas in some fashion. Some look forward to spending time with family, others are excited about the gifts they hope to receive, and most of us are especially excited about the end of the semester, and a break from school.

I have been anticipating this Christmas since the first day of this semester, because after this semester I will have officially completed all requirements for graduation and I will bid Hamilton farewell. I will be celebrating my first Christmas as a college graduate, but it will also be my very first Christmas away from my parents and siblings. I wish I could spend Christmas with them, and I was sad when I realized I would not be there to sing "Silent Night, Holy Night" with them in front of the Christmas tree. With this heavy feeling, I was on my way to hand in a paper today when I suddenly realized that I should not dread Christmas, but that I need to rejoice. Christmas is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the only tears shed under the Christmas tree should be tears of joy and thankfulness.

Advent should be a season of anticipation and rejoicing at Christ?s birth, but it is easy to miss the true importance of Christmas. You?re busy thinking about the finals you have to take next week, the 10-page paper you have yet to start, the bags you have to pack before you can go home, the presents you have to buy and wrap, and the ride you need to find in order to get home. We are so busy trying to finish the race that we have lost sight of our goal.

Today, as you head to the library or sit down in front of your computer, please take a moment or two to think about the true significance of Christmas. I am not suggesting that you toss all work aside and spend the day rejoicing at Christ?s birth (although you may do so if you wish), but that you put the business and the worries you have right now into perspective. Yes, your final exams are important, and I too will spend some quality time with the books this weekend. Yes, I do realize that you want to find a gift for your little sister, but please ask yourself: What could be more important than the birth of our Savior?

-- Lisi Krainer '06